Growing up in Georgia, it only makes sense that I had a preppy phase. For me, my preppy phase was in eighth grade, and it was later resurrected for a short period of time when I was in tenth grade. In eight grade, I wanted to wear Ralph Lauren button ups and nothing else (well of course pants as well). On multiple occasions I made my parents take me to the Ralph Lauren outlet 45 minutes away from Athens. I would dig through the racks, searching for any and every shirt they had in a size 14. I would proceed to try them all on and pick my favorites – whichever ones I felt the most comfortable in. If I had weighed 10 pounds more I probably would not have fit into any of them. I think they have a larger size selection now, but as far as I can remember, 14 was the largest option they had in 2008. Looking back, I am thankful that this was just a phase. In high school I finally started exploring fashion and realized how much I loved it. However, the preppy phase returned when my sister went to college and joined a sorority. She had always loved Lilly Pulitzer, but now that was all she really wanted to wear. Still a young and moldable mind, I often followed sister’s lead, suddenly I wanted to also wear Lilly Pulitzer. It was always a search for something that would fit. I could wear the shirts and shorts, but it took a lot of effort to find a dress in a style that fit. Once this second preppy phase ended, I started hunting for Free People on the sales racks. This is because Free People tended to always have flowing shapes and silhouettes. I could n0t fit into everything from Free People, but I could fit into a lot more than I could with any other brand. Since then, the plus size fashion industry has grown a lot and I am very thankful. That was not where I was expecting to take this post, but it just ended up happening. This particular looks reminds me of all that I strived for with my clothes in eighth grade. I wish could go back in time and give this outfit to eight grade me, because this look is way better than anything I pulled back then. I am wearing a vintage shirt I stole from my sister’s closet and a skirt I bought from a woman on the local facebook marketplace. Neither of these items were purchased with the other in mind, but I think they work great together. As I have gotten older, I have realized that my style does not have to adhere to any specific mold, I can dress preppy one day and boho chic the next. Why would you choose one style when having them all gives you more options?
Sometimes we cannot afford new clothes, which results in the frustrated yelling of “I have nothing to wear!” while standing in your closet. Or in my case, in front of your closet because I do not know the privilege of having a walk-in closet (one day….).
I recently I have experienced this frustration regularly. I have been trying my best to post new outfits on Instagram consistently, but recently I have hit a wall. I have nothing new or exciting to wear, people will get tired of seeing the same thing, these are all thoughts that go through my mind. Until I realized that this is an opportunity to challenge myself and create new outfits that I may not have seen within my wardrobe before. Since facing this challenge I have worn this particular shirt in ways I had not thought of before. This look is one of those.
I am excited to see what other new looks come out of this challenge!
Top – Free People
Dress – ASOS
Barrette – Kanel Denmark
This shirt looks like a bunch of copper was melted down into a shirt and I am all about it. In the past year I have purchased two clothing items from Nordstrom that are from the brand Elvi. Unfortunately, it tragically took me a year to realize that Elvi has a website with a bigger selection and everything is in my size. This top was purchased from Nordstrom, but I can’t wait to try other pieces.
Elvi Top, Here
Old Navy Pants
Welcome to summer in Georgia. The time of year where I want to wear as little clothing as possible, but still look fabulous – a tricky challenge. Honestly I don’t even have any advice to go along with that statement because after 23 years, I am still trying to figure out how to dress for the nasty combination of heat and humidity in Georgia. Currently, my main approach is dresses. I purchased this Free People slip at Nordstrom Rack last year and barely wore it until this past month. Now I wear it multiple times a week. So stick around to figure out how I tackle summer dressing and also how many more times I incorporate this slip into an outfit.
While I was taking this picture a group of high-schoolers, that attend my alma mater, appeared to fish in this very sad pond. They looked at me like I was crazy, wondering why I’m out here taking pictures. I judged them equally for fishing in this pond. However, I can’t judge them because to my surprise one of them caught a fish that was larger than a foot while I was there. It was cool.
Madewell Top, Here
Free People Slip
Melissa Shoes, Here
Let’s talk denim – one of the hardest things for me to shop for.
If I had to choose one item of clothing that has the most inconsistent sizing, it would be jeans. No two pairs fit the same, even if they are the same brand, same style, same size. The worst part about jeans is that if you gain or lose 5 pounds it can totally mess up how they fit, and it’s back to the drawing board for you. Due to these difficult jean shopping dilemmas, I do not normally order denim online. When I saw these great jeans from ASOS I decided to take the risk. And thank goodness because they fit like a dream!
I have such a hard time finding denim in styles that I want, specifically this wide-leg cropped style. It pretty much doesn’t exist among jeans in my size, or at least not in a flattering cut. These ASOS jeans are a true miracle, they hit my waist in the right spot and are able to make it over my hips (the true make it or break it moment for all my jeans for some reason). So far my endless search for stylish denim in my size doesn’t seem to be a complete bust, I continue to hold out hope <3
Madewell Top, Here
Asos Pants, Here
Birkenstock Sandals, Here
My next door neighbor has some of the most beautiful flowers. I like to pretend that they are my own and include them in photoshoots, we share a backyard after all!
Growing up, I spent a lot of time exploring Nordstrom while my mother perused the plus-size department. While Nordstrom has a great selection in their plus-size department, the clothing is typically not my style. Every now and then I find a piece I love, but that doesn’t happen very often.
One brand that has always been very inclusive in sizes is Eileen Fisher – consistently making appearance across all women’s departments in Nordstrom. The brand always has very basic designs, beautifully crafted in a combination of loose fitting and structured silhouettes. However, I have always associated it with older women – because of both style and price. That is until I found this great simple dress that has now become a staple in my closet. Gotta love a brand that knows how to make a fabulous lbd that comes in a range of sizes.
Eileen Fisher Dress, Here
Forever 21 Top
Liz Claiborne Shoes
Premme is one of the first fashion lines that gives plus-size women the opportunity to keep up with trends and high fashion.
Shopping for clothes is hard, especially when your options are limited because of your size. In recent years, the plus-size fashion industry has definitely expanded, but the selection is still limited in so many ways. In addition to ASOS (my A-1 since Day 1), Premme has finally given me the chance to buy nice, well-made clothing that feature styles that I actually want in my closet. Most of my other options are at stores that are highly involved in the fast fashion industry and whose clothing disintegrates within a few wears. My first purchase from Premme is this beautiful jacket. I decided to treat myself for my birthday when the jacket was on sale in March. And let me tell you, I do not regret it. It is extremely well made and fits like a glove.
Premme Jacket, Here
As said before, I am a big fan of mesh shirts. Specifically because they give me the super power of wearing a layered look in Georgia during the summer. Pair one with a nice breezy jumper and you have yourself a great evening look. Add some classic RBF and you’re ready to go!
Asos Jumper, Here
Forever 21 Top
Louis Vuitton Epi Bag
Liz Claiborne Shoes
I am all about some mesh tops mixed with cool pants, especially these because it feels like I’m wearing PAJAMAS. I have a small collection of mesh tops I purchased from the plus size section of Forever 21. They are my favorite thing to add to an outfit for some extra flair, whether it is as the main focus or a fun extra layer.
Forever 21 Top
Melissa Slides, Here
Lazy Oafs Shirt, Here
Forever 21 Pants
I have always been afraid to show any skin. But in the past year I have become much more comfortable with myself, which has changed how I dress. Now I don’t care whether or not something is meant for my body type – If I like something I am going to wear it. It is such a freeing feeling and letting my tatas out for some fresh air with this Lazy Oaf top helped me embrace that!